Latest posts by KT53

Something to cover side of neighbours house

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 08:14

I'd go with the trellis / post and straining wires suggestion.  Nothing then directly affecting the neighbours property so there can't be disputes later.  As others have said, trees really aren't a practical proposition in this case.

Lining pond pots.

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 08:10

Weed control fabric will certainly work for lining the baskets.  Just make sure there's enough to be able to wrap it around the neck of the plants, and to cover it with gravel or pebbles to stop the fish digging into it for goodies. 

Madpenguin - it's a brilliant idea for raising the baskets on pond shelves.  The cushion can be made to exactly the height required.

grass free garden conversion(Work in progress)

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 12:48

Incredible amount of hard work, but looks to be worth the effort.  In my young and foolish days I dug up the old patio and path and laid about 180 slabs in total.  Just thinking about it now makes my back and knees hurt.

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 12:44

There were reports some years ago about the use of bee stings to treat arthritis, I guess that nettles are really just a variation on the theme.

Bad knees

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 12:42

For me, although getting up and down is awkward, the real problem is weight bearing on the knees.  I have some really good knee pads but even with those I can only kneel for about 10 minutes at a time maximum.  I've got problems with wear to the back of the kneecaps and have had surgery to realign them.  Kneeling without pads is like kneeling on pebbles.

Global warming

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 17:02
Dovefromabove says:

That sort of supports the theory of global warming. 

Global warming doesn't mean that our weather is getting warmer - it means that our weather patterns are becoming more and more erratic. 

See original post

 Er - no.  Global warming does mean the weather is getting warmer, the clue is in the term.  The use of the term was one of the reasons so many people railed against the claims that were being made in the first place. We've had some of the coldest winters, as well as some of the mildest, since the claims for 'global warming' were made.

Climate change means weather patterns are changing.

Info on Trackr

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 16:58

No experience of them, but from what I've seen on TV and read about this type of device, it really needs to be fitted at the manufacturing stage or it will be too easy to find and remove.

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 16:54

Ho hum, each to their own.  I thought you were trying to alleviate pain, not inflict it.

Raised Bed Problem

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 10:21

The timbers for our raised beds were also laid on edge i.e. narrow side to the ground.  The were drilled through and metal reinforcing rods driven down about a foot into the ground.  That will guarantee that there is no movement of the bed over time. 

Manual VS Powered

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 15:12

For once I'm in total agreement with Hostafan1   Why make a job more difficult than it has to be.  I use a petrol mower, petrol rotovator and use powered tools for strimming and lawn edging.  Since all our old, large plants were removed I no longer need to use chainsaws etc but would if they were the most practical, and speedy, way to get the wanted results.

Power tools aren't always the answer, but I'm not one to do things the hard way just for the sake of it.

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